smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Cheetah Juba relaxes in the grass and enjoys the attention. His leg is broken due to an unknown event

Photo by: Frank Trimbos (Waalijk, Netherlands); Kruger National Park, South Africa

Every time a beautiful cat crosses our dash, we’re reminded of Alan Rabinowitz’s (PopTech 2011) moving PopTech talk about saving big cats.

The stereotype of conservationists is a cartoon: guys in Birkenstocks and beards who want to go live in a cabin in the forest by themselves. (Laughs.) We need those people to get data in the wild. But we also need people who live in cities and thrive on technologies to be conservationists.

"Wildlife conservation is always behind the eight ball, always fighting catch up…we’re always fighting crisis because we’re not at the right scale."Alan Rabinowitz, president and CEO of Panthera and one of the world’s leading big cat experts.

The Survival Seed Vault is cute, but you’ve got to take a look at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an honest to goodness vault for conserving samples of seeds from all over the world. In 2007, Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, gave the PopTech audience a sneak peek of the seed vault as it was being constructed in Norway. To find out more about conserving biodiversity watch Cary’s PopTech talk here.

Interactive map shows the locations of 25,000 species
Knowing the distribution of species around the world will help officials decide how to focus conservation efforts.

(via mothernaturenetwork)

A magical tale of adventure and discovery showcasing some of the extraordinary species recently found around the world. ‘Astonish Me’ has been created by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff and director Charles Sturridge to celebrate 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund.

(via Open Culture)

trendd:

Website: ProtectedPlanet

This is a great open data tool to generate awareness about conservation.

“The United Nations Environment Programme has recently turned to the power of the wiki to provide a worldwide picture of wildlife conservation efforts. The new site, ProtectedPlanet, aims to increase visits to and awareness of protected areas. The potential is then generated for increases in upkeep funding and popularity of conservation efforts. ProtectedPlanet links into Wikipedia, Google Maps and the Google photo site Panoramio.”

PSFK » UN Adopts Wiki-Power To Document Wildlife Conservation

Tonight ”60 Minutes” travels to the Brazilian jungle in search of the most elusive of all of nature’s big cats, the jaguar. Who best to lead the way? Our dear friend, Alan Rabinowitz

motherjones:

According to Wild Animal Fight Club, a tiger mother could totally kick a grizzly mama’s butt. Via @daudig 

Alan Rabinowitz, you’re right, that is a beautiful animal.

motherjones:

According to Wild Animal Fight Club, a tiger mother could totally kick a grizzly mama’s butt. Via @daudig

Alan Rabinowitz, you’re right, that is a beautiful animal.